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Spectrum Space Staff

Helene Hansen

Helene Hansen

Interim CEO

Helene started out with a BA in Economics, spent a large part of her career in London and has a background in television, nutrition, marketing, events and project management. She thrives on multitasking and enjoys the challenge of delivering projects in the not-for-profit space where resources are scarce and the sense of community is a key driver. Helene believes in actively seeking to partner with organisations from a wide range of sectors to encourage an innovative and inclusive culture to the mutual benefit of all. Helene started as a volunteer at Spectrum Space in 2015, before becoming a permanent staff member in August 2017.

Ana Palacios

Ana Palacios

Projects Officer

Ana Palacios has a background in the contemporary arts and after receiving an adult diagnoses of autism, she realised her art practice had emerged as a positive adaptation to the challenges of being neurodiverse. Starting at Spectrum Space as a volunteer in 2017, Ana began working as a visual arts facilitator before expanding her role further. She now mainly concentrates on peer work, development of positive identity, as well as development and facilitation of training and educational courses.

Andrew Carson

Andrew Carson

Fremantle Group Coordinator

Andrew has been with Spectrum Space since 2014, starting off as a volunteer, became a Group Leader for our social groups before his current position as Fremantle Group Coordinator. He is a qualified podiatrist, so feel free to direct any foot related questions to him! Andrew very much enjoys engaging with and taking part in activities with participants, sharing many comic book and gaming interests. He has a particular passion for cooking.

Chris Howarth

Chris Howarth

Grant Projects Manager

Chris started at Spectrum Space as a volunteer in July 2018 and joined our staff team in October that same year. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Major Human Services) from Edith Cowan University and is currently working towards a postgraduate Diploma in Social Work. Chris wholeheartedly endorses the strengths-based approach as best practice for supporting and working alongside Spectrum Space participants.

Melissa Koh

Melissa Koh

Operations & Compliance Manager

Melissa was born in Singapore and has called Australia home after moving here in 2003. Joining Spectrum Space in 2019, she combines her expertise in HR and social work by partnering with organisations and their people to adapt the work environments, cultures, processes and systems to be more inclusive and autism-friendly. Melissa enjoys working with people and believes being inclusive benefits everyone – individuals who are on the autistic spectrum as well as society as a whole.

Phillip Shedden

Phillip Shedden

Office Manager

Phillip is a screen media graduate who started his journey at Spectrum Space in 2016 as a volunteer for our Step Into Social documentary project. After several years working as a Barista, Phillip has transitioned into our office while running small video projects on the side. He oversaw the completion of the Youth Empowerment Project and now runs the Spectrum Space office, coordinating social groups and dealing with all day-to-day enquiries. He is also a massive music fan, enjoys playing drums and keeping fit by practicing Taekwondo. Phillip supports the strengths based philosophy that Spectrum Space promotes and enjoys seeing our participants discover and unlock their talents through interacting with our programs.

Sandhya Subarmaniam

Sandhya Subarmaniam

Projects Officer

Sandhya has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2013. She started with Spectrum Space as a volunteer and now runs social groups. Sandhya has finished her Masters in Counselling and is a registered counsellor. Since then she started running the Street Smart Life Smart workshop with the aim of creating a safe space to allow participants to address personal and social issues without feeling judged. She also works closely with the Youth Advisory Council. Sandhya takes personal pleasure in guiding Spectrum Space participants and monitoring their personal growth.

Scott Sadler

Scott Sadler

IT & Document Control Officer

Scott joined Spectrum Space in July 2013 and manages all IT related matters such as the website, social media, newsletters and membership. He also assists with event management and administration duties.

Scott sits on the board as Webmaster of WAADF (WA Autism Diagnosticians’ Forum) since 2012.

Scott grew up with autism and previously worked almost 10 years in a library. He has studied his Certificate 3 and 4 in IT, and enjoys snooker, reading, movies and supports the West Coast Eagles.

In 2017 Scott was a semi-finalist for the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards in the Community Service and Volunteering Award category.